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Living at Moore College has been a truly great experience. Fletcher Clarke, a resident of John Chapman House

Story {Ben McEachen}

HAVING LIVED BY MYSELF FOR A FULL DECADE, IT FELT VERY STRANGE TO BE GOING BACK AS A COLLEGE BOARDER, LIVING WITH OTHER SINGLE STUDENTS AND HAVING THREE MEALS COOKED FOR ME EACH DAY (ESPECIALLY AT 29!). But it’s been worthwhile and I have no doubt it has changed me in more ways than I realize. Being an introvert, living in a place like Chappo house where there are so many people was always going to be hard. In fact, this is probably the single biggest issue I’ve had living here.

However I have been surprised again and again by the loving care and kindness of those who live here. People’s doors are always open if you need to talk, and everyone is extremely considerate. I feel the experience has certainly changed me over time for the better: if nothing else, simply learning to live closely amongst Christian brothers. I cannot recommend highly enough the opportunity to be pushed out of your

It’s also been both enormously convenient, and at times annoying, living in a dormitory and having so much taken care of for me. But, it was surprisingly easy to adapt to.

comfort zone to live with and consider so many other Christian brothers for an extended period. It’s also been both enormously convenient, and at times annoying, living in a dormitory and having so much taken care of for me. But, it was surprisingly easy to adapt to. Also surprising is how easy it’s been to share public spaces – toilets, living area, TV room – mainly because of the unselfishness and high level of consideration shown by the other guys I live with. In fact I’ve rarely experienced a problem despite the large number of people I share Chappo house with. Ultimately it may not be an environment that resembles places to live outside of college, but for even just the few close friendships I have formed with other guys, it has certainly been worthwhile.

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Societas 2013  
Societas 2013  

The annual magazine published by the students at Moore Theological College. You can download a PDF copy at moore.edu.au/moore-college-public...